Indochine is the former French name for the triplet of nations Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. In addition to the elegant architecture of the French Colonial era, there’s the archaeological find of the century in the jungles of Angkor plus spectacular Ha Long Bay with emerald waters and fascinating caves.
Hanoi (2) – Halong Bay (1) – Hoi An (2) - HCM City (2) - Siem Reap (2) – Bangkok (3)
13 days/12 nights
Limited to 20 Participants
Ancient jungle kingdoms and magical emerald bays. Enormous jeweled buddhas and candlelit alters. IndoChina is among the world’s most exciting, picturesque destinations for the adventurous traveler.
After being ravaged by war and long isolated from the outside world, Hanoi, Vietnam's capital city, seems like it’s racing to make up for lost time. Its streets crackle with energy in stark contrast to the nearby Temple of Literature, an ancient complex of serene pagodas and leafy courtyards. As scooters surge through intersections and vendors hawk knock-off goods, vestiges of how this city used to be may be found in the Old Quarter, where the tile-roofed buildings date from the French colonial period.
Nearby, cruise through the turquoise waters of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where thousands of towering limestone islands are topped by rainforests. Vietnam’s most graceful port is Hoi An, whose ancient village is another UNESCO site, where narrow streets are lined with traditional homes and alters that honor the seafaring men who once called this place home. Today, many of these have been converted into restaurants, bars, boutiques, and some of the most affordable custom tailors' shops in the world.
With your new wardrobe in tow, cross the Cambodian border to Angkor Wat, one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Here, the walls of ancient temples are covered with carved Hindu deities, now overgrown with twisting roots and vines of the surrounding jungle. Once the seat of the Khmer Kingdom, the jungle temples of the Angkor Plains is a stunning example of humanity’s devotion to the gods—and the slow encroachment of nature.
Bangkok - “Venice of the East" - with its network of klongs (canals) is a dazzling metropolis with heart-racing energy. There’s expansive shopping and dining options, legendary artistry and countless temples, the opulent Grand Palace, a place of ornate statues and home to kings, the famous “floating market’, and more vibrant sightseeing per mile than perhaps any other city in Southeast Asia.
We’re not in Kansas anymore
Hanoi, Paris of the East
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